We haven't yet seen too much of
her silly side yet, but the
COURIER's newest staff member,
Jacquie Fischer, assures us it's there.
"Right now, I'm pretty serious because I don't know
people that well and I'm adjusting to the job and the
environment," she said. "But I'm really kind of a goofball."
Ms. Fischer joined the COURIER staff on January
9, 2012, taking over Aimee Ripley's position as the
Claremont City Manager Tony Ramos answers questions from the audience on Wednesday during the annual joint meeting between CUSD and the city at the Alexander Hughes Community Center. The meeting, which was sponsored by the Claremont Coordinating Council, provided the public an opportunity to meet both the city manager and Interim Superintendent Gloria Johnston. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Community and Human Services Director Michele McNeill announced her resignation with the city of Claremont. Her last day is set for Thursday. Ms. McNeill's resignation came just 154 days after former City Manager Jeff Parker announced her appointment with the city of Claremont. Ms. McNeill stepped into her position in September as the first director to head the newly merged Community and Human Services Department.
A Claremont McKenna College Dean of Admission has reportedly stepped down after an internal audit revealed he had inflated the college's freshman SAT scores for the past 6 years.
"As an institution of higher education with a deep and consistent commitment to the integrity of all our academic activities, and particularly our reporting of institutional data, we take this situation very seriously," Ms. Gann stated in a letter to the CMC community. "The individual has taken full responsibility and has resigned his position from the college effective immediately." Although not named in the press release, it has been reported that Richard Vos, who served as vice president and dean of admission and financial aid since 1987, admitted responsibility for changing the annual scores.
Staff and students at El Roble Intermediate
School got a tough lesson
about food chains recently after
some sneaky coyotes gained entry into the
school’s chicken coop.
According to Rick Cota, Claremont Unified
School District nutrition services director, all 8 chickens
that were housed within a chicken coop in the El
Roble garden were attacked and killed by coyotes on
December 24, 2011, resulting in an unsightly scene in
the coop. Mr. Cota said he and other district officials
had not been aware of any attempted break-ins by
coyotes before the attack.
Claremont High School students
Jahnavi Curlin, Paul Hurley and
Michaela Moss all finished in the
top 3 in the recent Pomona Valley United
Nations Association High School Essay
Jahnavi finished first, Paul placed 2nd
and Michaela recorded 3rd for their essays
on the Arab Spring—a series of
demonstrations and protests that took
place throughout the Middle East after a
man in Tunisia burned himself to death
to protest the way he was treated by police
in December 2010.
Close friends of Adar Belinkoff
fondly describe the Claremont
resident of 49 years as a man who
“always has something to do.”
A typical day may find him leading a board meeting
for Mt. San Antonio Gardens, hanging out with
the kids of the Claremont After-School Program
(CLASP) or volunteering at Temple Beth Israel,
where he has been a member since 1964.
But dawn-to-dusk activities and leadership roles
are no overload for Mr. Belinkoff. In fact, he relishes
Claremont has approved the
use of $50,000 from the
city’s general fund to continue
to provide residents with select
programs previously funded by its
redevelopment agency. Funding will
allow these programs—which include
affordable senior housing and
events like the Holiday Tree Lighting—
to continue with the city’s help
through the end of the fiscal year.
Claremont-based Richard Hibbard
Auto Center has gone electric.
Just months after ending its partnership
with Chevrolet, the long-time
Claremont auto dealer has partnered with
Wheego Electric cars and ZAP, both
companies offering new sustainable
electric vehicles and scooters to local
consumers. The vehicles will be featured
at a blood drive event hosted by the dealership
About 50 people gathered
in front of Golden State
Water Company's office
in Claremont on Thursday, picketing
to demand lower water
The late-afternoon protest was the latest
initiative led by Claremonters Against
Outrageous Water Rates, a local grassroots
movement dedicated to fighting
against another wave of water rate increases
set to hit Claremont in 2013.
Occupiers at Claremont City Hall
have less than 30 days to pack up
their tents or risk citation.
Claremont City Council on Tuesday night unanimously
adopted an ordinance amended earlier this
month prohibiting camping, or camping paraphernalia,
in public space overnight. The new rule goes into effect
Denis Hayes, coordinator of the first Earth Day in
1970, named by Time Magazine in 1999 as “Hero of
the Planet,” and a pioneer in sustainable development in
the Pacific Northwest, will be the keynote speaker at
Pilgrim Place at a banquet and reception honoring the
recipients of the Second Annual Napier Awards for Creative